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Why is not possible to get HIV by touching a contaminated surface?

I was wondering if one could get HIV from basically touching a surface which have had viral DNA extract, serum, or blood on it; and then by touching their (bleeding) pimple or acne (or any other area ...
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Would it possible for me to get tested for past viral infection after vaccination?

I may or may not have a viral infection in the past and then I took vaccination for it. Would it possible for me to get tested for past viral infection? For example HPV virus using IGG test.
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How to clean a second-hand electrical shaver to avoid infections?

I remember a poster campaign advising against sharing razors and shavers because of infection risk with a disease (I think it was a variant of Hepatitis). I no longer find the campaign and don't ...
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Are any infectious diseases 100% fatal?

I know rabies was once considered 100% fatal, but now has some survivors due to the Milwaukee protocol. Are there any infectious diseases that have a 100% mortality rate?
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Too low level of HIV virus to be infectious?

I just read about a court case where someone was acquitted for "being dangerous to the surrounding" by having unprotected sex when diagnosed with HIV. The reasoning was that since this person was ...
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I have natural immunity to Hepatitis B. Do I pose risk to others?

Some time ago I was rejected as donor and received following rejection letter: Just wanted to inform you that there was a positive infectious disease result for Hepatitis B. Unfortunately, we ...
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What is the significance of “patients zero” in infectious disease beyond epidemiology?

A common focus of press releases following outbreak of a "new" infectious disease is the "patient zero", or first individual to show infection. Why? I can understand how epidemiologically it would be ...
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How can you disinfect your laundry?

Clothing can probably spread fungal infections (e.g. athlete's foot) from person to person. There's not a lot of evidence that clothing can spread bacterial infections. But Bloomfield et al. quote ...
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Does being infected protect one from further infection?

Does being infected protect one from further infection? Intuition for why it could be the case When one catch an infective disease, its immune system becomes more active which could eventually also ...
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How often are people vaccinated in the unlikely event of biological-germ-warfare (ex: anthrax and ricin)?

How often are people vaccinated in the unlikely event of biological-germ-warfare (Example: anthrax and ricin)? A few years ago, a few letters laced with anthrax and ricin were sent via mail to ...
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Can viruses be inherited?

In theory, any virus capable of infecting germ cells can plant its genetic load into the sperm/ova that will eventually become offspring. So are most viruses inheritable? Really, if your parents ever ...
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What Should Be The Precautions While taking Care of pneumonia patient?

What precautions should I follow while taking care of a pneumonia patient?
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Why are lower respiratory infections so prevalent in undeveloped countries?

As you can see here, lower respiratory infections are a major cause of death in undeveloped and developing countries, especially in central Africa. What are the primary causes of lower respiratory ...
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A diabetic contact of herpes zoster patient

Should a patient of herpes zoster who successfully take medications for a month (pain and rash disappear) avoid contact with a diabetic patient and what are the precautions when dealing with each ...
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What are the actual symptoms of the common cold? [duplicate]

Everyone knows (and passionately hates) the runny nose, coughing, sneezing, aching/sore joints, and the drowsiness associated with the cold. But these symptoms are just the body trying to get rid of ...
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How does variance in pH affect Candida Albicans?

This is a topic on which I have observed similar arguments lead to precisely opposite conclusions. Some people (health professionals/enthusiasts) claim that Candida Albicans (and similar species) ...
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Is drinking salt water to induce vomiting safe?

A couple of years ago I was on an expedition in Honduras, and was one of many in our team who succumbed to an unknown water borne infection that caused repetitive vomiting and other unpleasant ...
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Infectious disease in Tanzanian lowlands

people moving from the Tanzanian highlands, e.g. Usambara mountains, Kilimandjaro region, to the plains are quite often affected by a disease with the following symptoms: onset similar to malaria, ...
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Is E. coli contagious?

I have a girl that I'm seeing. She was just in the hospital about 2 weeks ago with an internal E.coli infection in her kidney (she had the other kidney removed due to cancer). She has been given a ton ...
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Multidrug treatment to prevent evolution of resistance

I was just reading an article in PLOS Medicine on the treatment of multidrug resistant TB. They suggest that treatments are more effective if a large number (more than 5) treatments are used ...
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Can ingesting a mosquito make you sick?

I just accidentally ate a mosquito. I am afraid, what if the mosquito just drank blood of a HIV infected person, will I get the infection too, or some other disease?
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Do Western Blot 'false negatives' eventually produce positives?

I've heard again and again that the Western Blot test, used to detect the presence of Lyme Disease, often produces false negatives. But I would suspect that at some point, whatever it is that Lyme ...
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Tuberculosis: Lung scarring and weight gain

I have a few questions regarding tuberculosis: If a person is cured of Tuberculosis, is it compulsory for all patients effected by Tb to have a patch/scar on their lung? (references for patch) ...
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Is there evidence that the over-avoidance of germs weakens our immune system?

Is there evidence that the over-avoidance of germs weakens our immune system? Or vice versa: Does the under-avoidance of germs strengthen our immune system? For some reason I hold the opinion that ...
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What diseases can be spread by mosquitos?

I heard that the chance of contracting HIV from mosquitos is highly improbable, but I'm wondering about other incurable, chronic, or crippling diseases. I know malaria and the west nile virus can be ...
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Do parasitic infections increase pregnancy rates?

A new study suggests that certain intestinal worms increase the number of babies born to women which is mentioned here and here. Are parasitic worm infections associated with a statistically ...
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Should I be worried about rat bite

There is a wild mice that usually enters the house from somewhere and gnaws the skin from foot. It usually gnaws when we are sleeping. It is not a pet rat. It's a wild one. Is there any disease that ...
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Laptops in the dark and miscalculating bats: how dangerous is that for rabies?

A few nights ago, I was using my laptop outside in the dark. Some moths and other insects were flying around in the light it was emitting, but unfortunately I didn't think anything about this from a ...